How to Answer “What are you passionate about?” During An Interview?

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First and foremost, no matter what answer you choose, always ensure it’s tied to the role, and is under 2 minutes in time.

In a great interview, the candidate ensures that the selling points being delivered to the employer are relevant to the key responsibilities of the specific role he/she is applying for and the value statement will align with the mission statement of the company. This includes when discussing your passion.

The candidate is able to articulate not only that they will be value added to the organization but that they are the solution to the particular problem the company has and the specific reasons behind having to fill this particular position.

The candidate also demonstrates a passion for the work and a strong desire to work for the company.

The candidate is prepared to tell the interviewer why they want the job — including what interests them about it, what rewards it offers that they find valuable, and what skills it requires that you possess.

Finally, the candidate begins with a result (utilizing a BLUF approach, or bottom-line up-front) that relates directly to the key performance outcomes (KPIs/metrics) associated with the key responsibilities articulated in the job description.

Then the candidate articulates the situation, tasks and actions that lead to the result as well as the lessons learned from the experience. Make it known that this role is your passion by tying it all together.

Most will not be impressed with your passion for fishing.

Remember, confidence is key and I think personally the #1 way to exude that confidence is having knowledge. Going into the interview so prepared, high-hanging slider-type questions seem like four-seam fastballs.

Remember, research the role, investigate the industry, major players, products/offerings/services, and news. Learn the terminology and respective process impact in this new role. Understand the function your new role would play in the entire operations. Why is there an opening? What pain points do the hiring managers have because of the opening? How can you make their lives easier if they hired you? Understand not only the achievements and accomplishments you can bring into the new role (and ensure to tie these into nice little quick narratives whether itโ€™s shown through a project, success story, etc.), but most importantly, what value do you offer? If you are equipped with this knowledge, the interview should be a piece of cake.

Remember, they want you to be the right fit. Theyโ€™re busy people and have regular projects to tend to. This hiring process forces them to stop what theyโ€™re doing and focus solely on staffing. Trust me, theyโ€™d rather be doing day-to-day stuff. So know that youโ€™re in the room for a reason. They think you could be the right fit. Now convince them of this using your knowledge and confidence.

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